First thoughts were….like sipping cherry-cola out of a cigar box.. Voluptuous wine with integrated tannins, spicy nose, rich and elegant, a dark ruby colour, with chocolate nose and concentrated fruit flavours of plum and ripe blackberries with a subtle spiciness, pepper and smoke notes. A luscious length palate, full-bodied with an outstanding depth of fruit, drinking well now, we believe this wine has the structure of a long-lived wine.
94+ Points “Swoon. Schmooch. Sigh. This is what it’s s’posed to be like in Pinot World. Luscious and viscous, spicy and totally seductive, there’s no point in resisting; she slides all over your sensories like some wicked therapy oil, massaging every little worry away. I’d always through Martinborough (North Island) was the sexiest NZ pinot site, but this beauty says the wide valley of Marlborough, in the South, can do it just as well”
Philip White, The Independent Weekly, Adelaide, March 24th – 30th 2007
90 Points “… took some time to open up, but when it did it was rather lovely … the finish seemed minerally and attractive, the mid palate softened and seduced, and its prospects for the cellar very good.”
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, January 2007
“has delicious plum and red berry flvours with a spicy lift, a silky mouthful and lingering finish.”
Irish Independent, February 2008
My Top 5 – Jeremy Beadles, Chief executive, The Wine & spirit Trade Association
Isabel Pinot Noir
Highest rating wines – above $20
“Very good intensity of plum-like fruit, rich mouthfeel with good depth of developed earthy, spice, plum, caramel flavours.”
National Liquor News, Australia, September 2007
“Outstanding!” ….5 Stars.
Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines, 2006 Edition